Lent 2016: A life of integrity

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“The frenzy of life”

Reading 1 Is 1:10, 16-20

Hear the word of the LORD,
princes of Sodom!
Listen to the instruction of our God,
people of Gomorrah!

Wash yourselves clean!
Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes;
cease doing evil; learn to do good.
Make justice your aim: redress the wronged,
hear the orphan’s plea, defend the widow.

Come now, let us set things right,
says the LORD:
Though your sins be like scarlet,
they may become white as snow;
Though they be crimson red,
they may become white as wool.
If you are willing, and obey,
you shall eat the good things of the land;
But if you refuse and resist,
the sword shall consume you:
for the mouth of the LORD has spoken!

I recently spent some time with a man who was finally coming to terms with his past. His life was a frenzy of lies, guilt, sin and shame. His body shook as he began to unfold the circumstances of his past. His eyes were fuzzy with the lack of integrity and watery from finally facing his lack of responsibility of his past. Today, we listen to Isaiah to put our misdeeds before our eyes, to look again at the needs of people including the orphan and the widow.
Lent invites us into a life of integrity. It is a time to see our real life as it is, to focus our faces on the love God has for us. We all live in frenzy of activity and we can see the guilt on our faces.
Come and rest in the mercy of God, the healing and quieting balm of love.

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